It is with great sorrow that the family of Angela Bourgeois of Shediac Bridge, widow of Blair Bourgeois, announces her passing on Friday October 30th at Serenacare in Moncton.
Born in Moncton in 1932, she was the daughter of the late Albert LeBlanc and the late Claudia Babineau.
As a young mother and homemaker, Angela generously volunteered her time and energy for the betterment of her community. She was cofounder, troop leader and commissioner of the Jeannettes, a branch of the Girl Guides. She held several positions within the Home and School Association and on the boards of the YWCA and YMCA.
Angela was a tireless advocate of linguistic rights, particularly the right to schooling in French. She was one of the first francophone counselors elected to the board of School District no. 15. She fought hard, often working behind the scenes, and played a major role in the creation of a separate francophone school district, thus ensuring an access to French schooling for children of the francophone minority of New Brunswick.
She also campaigned for women’s rights, notably for an extended role of women in the Church.
Angela fulfilled a long-time goal when she continued her education. She studied in journalism and pursued a remarkable career with Radio-Canada and the federal Department of Communications.
She loved to write and offered short stories and anecdotes as gifts to family members. She beamed with pride when she received the Writing for Children award of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia. During winters spent in Florida with Blair, she would keep friends and family posted with her weekly « Le Floridien ».
Angela and Blair formed a loving and generous couple. Together, they supported and encouraged their children and grandchildren in all their projects, whether they be academic, musical or athletic.
Angela-Angie-Mim will be sadly missed by her children, Roland (Renée LaPointe), Céleste (Michel Boulay), Charlotte (Pierre de Villers) and Robert (Angèle Richard); her grandchildren, Josée Boulay-Milburn (Josh), André Bourgeois (Matar), Eric Boulay (Dominique), Benoit Boudreau (Bo Yeon), Alain Bourgeois (Maxine) and Adrien Boudreau (Émilie); her great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Zoé and Louis; her sister Fernande (Paul Darraugh); her sister-in-law Marguerite Bourgeois; Angèle’s child Adrian Bourque; Josh’s children Trenton and Maddison Bannister; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to the staff of Serenacare for their devoted work, their professionalism and the great care offered.
The family will receive condolences at Frenette Funeral and Cremation Centre, 396 Main Street, Shediac on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 from 2 -4 pm and from 7 to 9 pm ONLY.
Due to the pandemic, face coverings are required for visitation and social distancing regulations are in effect. Limit of 50 people in the funeral centre at any given point during visitation.
A private funeral mass will be celebrated at La Visitation R.C. Church, 416 Route 530, Grande-Digue on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.
The funeral mass will be videotaped, and the video will be available on her obituary on our Website by the end of the day.
In memory of Angela, a contribution to the Alexandre Parks Foundation (www.alexandreparks.com) would be appreciated.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Frenette Funeral and Cremation Centre, Shediac (532-3297).
Words of comfort and online condolences may be forwarded through our website at: www.frenettefuneralhome.com